As soon as I had booked my flights for Los Angeles, I also booked tickets for a tour of the Stahl House (also known as Case Study House #22). I’ve been thoroughly obsessed with it for as long as I can recall, staring at photos of its glass façade and sweeping views of Los Angeles. What I didn’t know is how I would feel once physically inside the house. Or in front of it. It was like sliding down the pages of the most beautiful love letter to Los Angeles anyone could ever write. I make no secret of my love for this city and being there, in a glass house perched above Sunset Strip I could feel the love of the Stahl family and of the house’s creator Peter Koenig for it too. Here you stand still, while the entire city lives in front of you. The traffic doesn’t exist anymore, it just sings in the distance, drowned by the sounds of hawks in the sky. If you happen to be there at sunset, you will see all the colours change, in the sky, on the house, at your feet.
The house came from a dream, was built and kept in the family through good times and bad, its story, told to us by the Stahl’s daughter-in-law, is every bit as beautiful as its structure. If you are in Los Angeles, do book a tour and help the family maintain the house!